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Home Living : December 11th 2012
SMART SHOPPING BRIGHT THINKING SAVES LIVES, MONEY BE CLEVER ABOUT YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND AVOID THE DRAMA Janita Singh WHAT THEY COST Christmas decoration energy use: A string of 400 standard fairy lights costs $3.50-$16.80 a month. A string of 400 LED fairy lights costs $2 a month. A 6m LED indoor/outdoor rope lights costs $1.20 a month. 20 LED indoor candle lights cost 20¢ a month. ENERGY-EFFICIENT Ausgrid s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors says fairy lights are cheaper to run, with one string of 400 fairy lights using less power than a standard light bulb. If you switch on a string of 400 older-style fairy lights for 10 hours every night during December, it can add between $3.50 and $17 to your power bill, he says. My Myors says LEDs are the most efficient option, using up to eight times less power than standard fairy lights, and they will only cost about $2 to run during Christmas. Solar-powered LED decorations are a great option. After choosing energy efficient decorations, you can save more money by remembering to turn them off when they re not needed, like when you re sleeping. ausgrid.com.au/waystosave Fairy lights add Christmas magic both indoors and out. CHRISTMAS lights are an essential part of the season's celebrations but shopping for them can be overwhelming. For most, price will deter- mine what type of lights they invest in but it's important to pay attention to other details like safety features and energy use, says Bunnings national lighting buyer Natasha Ryan. ''Buy weather-proof,'' she says. ''Most people look for energy-efficient lights. Invest in solar and LED lighting. ''If you're using last year's lighting decorations, check that all bulbs work, and replace them correctly according to the manufacturer's instructions.'' Fair Trading warns con- sumers to buy lights from repu- table dealers, saying cheap doesn't always mean bad qual- ity and expensive good. Types of lights and uses: Christmas lights come in all shapes and sizes and with many features including LED, large bulbs, small bulbs, ropes, bubb- les, nets, fairy and zigzags -- to name a few. For energy saving, get LED and solar. Traditional bulbs can be ideal for decorating Christmas trees. Rope lights are perfect for decorating outdoors and hard- to-reach places. They can be run along paths or woven around trees and poles. Net lights are a valuable pur- chase. They are multi-coloured or clear and spread out easily over gardens for that festive feel outdoors. bunnings.com.au ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 2235836 28/8 Unit 13/10 Bromley Rd, EMU PLAINS L 250305C 1800 667 639 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Sick and tired of paying high electricity bills? 1.5kW Solar System 25 Year warranty on mono panels Installed by CEC Accredited installers 2kW $1399* 3kW $2399* Fully Installed 1199* $ We wont be beaten on price FREE CALL 5kW $4999* *CONDITIONS APPLY ABN: 53 979 730 574 www.sydneylightandpower.com.au Lic: 180332C Slash Your Power Bill Now! Get A FREE Quote for a Solar Power System Today! 1.5kw Systems Installed From 02 9709 4972 Victor: 0470 155 121 C7/101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona Website: www.spacesolar.com.au Email: email@example.com Contractor Lic: 239987C • High Performance Panels • Premier Inverter • 5 Years Replacement Warranty For Inverter • 25 Years Guarantee For Panel Performance • Meter Not Included 3kw Systems Installed From $2999* 2130637 23/10 $899* MENTION THIS AD FOR AN EXTRA 5 YEAR WARRANTY *Conditions apply
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